Sandra Morais Cardoso holds a BSc in Biology, a Master's and a PhD in Cell Biology from the University of Coimbra. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Principal Investigator at the Center for Neurosciences and Cell Biology at the University of Coimbra, where she heads the group of "Cell Signaling in Neurodegeneration." Her most recent research interests are focused on the impact of microbiome in the development of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's neurodegenerative processes. The role of mitochondria in the activation of innate neuronal immunity and its contribution to the neurodegenerative process is an emerging area of research. She published 76 articles and 11 book chapters having an H index of 39 and over 7200 citations. She has supervised 4 postdoctoral fellows, 6 PhD students and 10 MSc students. She received more than € 400,000 for research on different scientific projects. Sandra Morais Cardoso was distinguished with the Silver Medal for research achievements, from the Portuguese Ministry of Health (2013), with the Janssen Neuroscience Award, from Janssen Pharmaceutics (2014) and with the Mantero Belard Prize (2016) awarded by the Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, Portugal.